On Monday, MMW reported that social networking giant Facebook has quietly acquired Gowalla. Sources close to Gowalla said it’s a done deal, but no insight was provided at that time with regard to how much Facebook coughed up for the purchase.
Today we’re learning more about Facebook’s acquisition of the location sharing service.
“About two months ago, my co-founder Scott and I attended F8,” Gowalla CEO Josh Williams wrote Tuesday on the official Gowalla blog. “We were blown away by Facebook’s new developments. A few weeks later Facebook called, and it became clear that the way for our team to have the biggest impact was to work together. So we’re excited to announce that we’ll be making the journey to California to join Facebook!”
“While Facebook isn’t acquiring the Gowalla service or technology, we’re sure that the inspiration behind Gowalla will make its way into Facebook over time,” a rep for the social networking bohemeth admitted.
“Gowalla, as a service, will be winding down at the end of January,” the company says. “We plan to provide an easy way to export your Passport data, your Stamp and Pin data (along with your legacy Item data), and your photos as well. Facebook is not acquiring Gowalla’s user data.”
To read the full blog post from Gowalla, click here.